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The Best NFL Players From North Carolina

Updated October 9, 2019 2.8k votes 302 voters 8.7k views59 items

List RulesVote up the top pro football players born or raised in North Carolina

Here's a list of the best NFL players from North Carolina! Whether they're from Charlotte, Raleigh, or even Greensboro, football players from North Carolina have left their stamp on the NFL. Even some of the players from the Tar Heel state who aren't in the Hall of Fame yet have proven to be some of the best football players of all time.

Vote for who you think are the top NFL players from North Carolina and add any of your favorites missing from the list!

  • 1
    Wilson, North Carolina
    170
    28

    PositionDefensive end

    Age41

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels football, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers

    Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football at North Carolina, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and was...  more
  • 2
    Gibsonville, North Carolina
    111
    20

    Age45

    TeamsNC State Wolfpack football, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars

    Torry Jabar Holt (born June 5, 1976) is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl...  more
  • 3
    Greensboro, North Carolina
    112
    25

    PositionWide receiver

    Age29

    TeamsLos Angeles Chargers

    Keenan Alexander Allen (born April 27, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the California...  more
  • 4
    Goldsboro, North Carolina
    101
    28

    PositionTight end

    Age34

    TeamsChicago Bears

    Jimmy Graham (born November 24, 1986) is an American football tight end for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played only one year of college football at Miami, after...  more
  • 5
    Shelby, North Carolina
    73
    16

    PositionDefensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

    Age81

    Bobby Lee Bell Sr (born June 17, 1940) is a former professional American football linebacker and defensive end. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, and...  more
  • 6
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    69
    19
    Jaire Zakar Alexander is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisville, and was drafted by the Packers in...  more
  • 7
    Richlands, North Carolina
    71
    24

    PositionOutside Linebacker, Defensive end

    Age36

    TeamsNC State Wolfpack football, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans

    Mario Jerrel Williams (born January 31, 1985) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for North Carolina State University, and was selected first overall by the...  more
  • 8
    Bunn, North Carolina
    73
    29

    PositionRunning back

    Age26

    TeamsChicago Bears

    Tarik Cohen (born July 26, 1995) is an American football running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Cohen played the same position for North Carolina Agricultural &...  more
  • 9
    Kinston, North Carolina
    64
    23

    PositionTight end, Wide receiver

    Age64

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers, Clemson Tigers football

    Dwight Edward Clark (January 8, 1957 – June 4, 2018) was an American football wide receiver and executive. He played nine seasons for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL)...  more
  • 10
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    59
    20

    PositionTackle, Guard, Center

    Age60

    TeamsTennessee Titans

    Bruce Rankin Matthews (born August 8, 1961) is a former American football offensive lineman who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 19 seasons, from 1983 to 2001. He spent his entire...  more
  • 11
    Cherryville, North Carolina
    52
    18

    PositionSafety, Defensive back

    AgeDec. at 61 (1948-2010)

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Ohio State Buckeyes football

    John David Tatum (November 18, 1948 – July 27, 2010) was an American football safety who played 10 seasons from 1971 through 1980 for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers in the National Football...  more
  • 12
    Murfreesboro, North Carolina
    40
    13

    PositionCenter

    Age63

    Dwight Eugene Stephenson (born November 20, 1957) is a former professional American football player. He was a center for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL) from 1980 to 1987. He...  more
  • 13
    Clinton, North Carolina
    42
    17

    PositionRunning back

    Age40

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, North Carolina Tar Heels football

    William Everett Parker Jr. (born November 11, 1980) is a former American football running back who played for six seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). After...  more
  • 14
    Wilmington, North Carolina
    42
    19

    PositionQuarterback

    Age87

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles

    Christian Adolph Jurgensen III (born August 23, 1934), known better as Sonny Jurgensen, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Philadelphia Eagles and...  more
  • 15
    High Point, North Carolina
    37
    16

    PositionSafety

    Age42

    TeamsNC State Wolfpack football, Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots

    Adrian Lemar Wilson (born on October 12, 1979) is a former American football safety. He played college football at NC State, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2001...  more
  • 16
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    33
    12

    PositionDefensive tackle, Tackle

    Age53

    Ray Mitchell Agnew, Jr. (born December 9, 1967) is a former American football executive and former player who is the director of pro personnel for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League...  more
  • 17
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    36
    16

    PositionDefensive end, Defensive lineman

    Age79

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings

    Carl Eller (born January 25, 1942) is a former professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL) who played from 1964 through 1979. He was born in Winston-Salem, North...  more
  • 18
    Harrisburg, North Carolina
    30
    10

    PositionRunning back

    Age49

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers

    Natrone Jermaine Means (born April 26, 1972) is a former professional American Football running back who played for the San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Carolina Panthers of the NFL from...  more
  • 19
    Hamlet, North Carolina
    29
    11

    PositionWide receiver

    Age62

    Michael Anthony Quick (born May 14, 1959) is a former American football wide receiver. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Philadelphia Eagles for nine seasons,...  more
  • 20
    Greensboro, North Carolina
    30
    13

    PositionWide receiver

    Age56

    Haywood Franklin Jeffires (pronounced "Jeffries"; born December 12, 1964) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Houston Oilers in the 1st round (20th overall) of...  more
  • 21
    Tarboro, North Carolina
    26
    10

    PositionWide receiver

    Age52

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, San Diego Chargers

    Yancey Dirk Thigpen (born August 15, 1969) is a former professional American football wide receiver who played for the San Diego Chargers (1991), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992–1997), and the...  more
  • 22
    Havelock, North Carolina
    30
    18

    PositionLinebacker

    Age33

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

    Bruce Edward Carter (born February 19, 1988) is an American football linebacker that is currently a free agent of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the...  more
  • 23
    Asheville, North Carolina
    29
    16

    PositionDefensive end

    Age47

    TeamsSt. Louis Rams

    Leonard Antonio Little (born October 19, 1974) is a former American football defensive end for the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Little played college football for the...  more
  • 24
    Wilmington, North Carolina
    23
    11

    PositionQuarterback

    Age81

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles

    Roman Ildonzo Gabriel Jr. (born August 5, 1940) is a former American football player. He played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) as a quarterback and is considered by many fans to...  more
  • 25
    Fayettevill, North Carolina
    38
    29

    PositionCornerback, Defensive back

    Age37

    TeamsSamford Bulldogs, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans

    Cortland Temujin Finnegan (born February 2, 1984) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at Samford, and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the...  more
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